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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Ypsi facade projects selected for competitive grant

The proposed changes to 128-130 W. Michigan Ave. include the replacement of windows and a fresh coat of paint. The total project is expected to cost $123,500 with a $61,750 match. Photo by Courtesy DDA

The proposed changes to 128-130 W. Michigan Ave. include the replacement of windows and a fresh coat of paint. The total project is expected to cost $123,500 with a $61,750 match.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Three applicants chosen from pool of 12

By David Gomez
Feb. 25, 2010    ·    4:38 p.m.


The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority’s Design Committee selected 128-130 W. Michigan Ave., 12-16 N. Huron St. and 601 W. Cross for inclusion in the DDA's Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Urban Revitalization Grant application.

The three projects, two in the Downtown DDA district and one in the West Cross District, total more than $180,000 in renovations. The projects received the highest scoring based on the historical significance and relevance, location and visibility, visual impact, critical need and time line of the project and whether the applicant was a former grant recipient. The total match contributed by the respective property owners is $92,817.

The DDA staff gave a slideshow presentation Monday, which included before and after photos of the proposed improvements. More than $301,444 dollars worth of matching funds were submitted for consideration. The DDA’s grant application will be submitted to MEDC March 5. 

Here is a summary of the selected building locations and the proposed repairs to be made: 

128-130 W. Michigan Ave. (Ypsi Mix/What is That Art Gallery) – Replace windows and repaint the exterior of the building. The total project is expected to cost $123,500 with a $61,750 match. The project is expected to be complete by August.

12-16 N. Huron (formerly Alfredo Martini) - Remove aluminum siding. The total project is expected to cost $27,600 with a $13,300 match. The project is expected to be complete in August.

601 W. Cross (Barnes & Barnes rental property) - Repair the front porch and door of the building. Landscaping, including planting pear trees could also be included. The total project is expected to cost $35,534 with a $17,767 match. The project is expected to be complete in July.

Below are a selected number of submitted projects that were not selected for this round of competitive bids through the MEDC:

408 N. River (North end of the Thompson Building) – Everything. The total project was expected to cost $125,400 with a $62,700 match.

54 & 56 E. Cross (Sidetrack & Frenchie’s) - Improvements to the second and third floor windows. The total project was expected to cost $43,400 with a $21,700 match.

113 W. Michigan Ave. (Puffer Red’s) - Repair masonry on the front of the building and replace current windows and install new awnings. The total project was expected to cost $38,327 with a $19,163 match.

5 & 7 S. Washington (former office of Congressman John D. Dingell, D-15th District.) - Replace the rotting wood in the windows and replace the bricks on the front of the building. The total project was expected to cost $14,400 with a $7,200 match.

511 W. Cross (Cross Treat Café) - New roof and a completely refurbished facade front to make the building usable again. The total project was expected to cost $40,155 with a $20,078 match.

308-310 & 312 N. River (Millworks Building/Ypsilanti Food Co-op) - Construction of a better parking lot, paint, signage, new foliage, additional bike racks and an improved retaining wall from the railroad track. The total project was expected to cost $68,050 with a $34,025 match.

Related article:
Ypsi DDA seeks facade grant applicants



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